Gaskell House Blogs

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Our blog post cover everything that happens at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House from the stories discovered about objects and furnishings, to family connections and past residents. You can read about the garden and the plants we grow as well as the volunteering experience we offer to our brilliant team. The majority of the posts are written by volunteers.


Book Group Tours

A group of eleven of us came on a book club outing to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House one November evening.The house itself and volunteers Louanne and Jane gave us a warm welcome in from the cold evening air. We chatted in the cheerful...

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Enjoying traditional crafts at Eilzabeth Gaskell’s House

Another year had passed and I’d kept promising myself I’d learn a craft. Luckily, l chose to join Dee Sayce's fabulous weaving workshop at Elizabeth Gaskell's House for a day. The setting is lovely- the warm spacious and light servants' hall where...

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It’s November 1859 – and Elizabeth Gaskell is in Whitby

It's Sunday October 30th 1859 and Elizabeth Gaskell is finishing a long letter to her friend, Charles Eliot Norton which she'd started five days before. She writes: I have missed the Saturday mail, - & Meta, Julia & I are going for...

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Perks of Volunteering

A ‘perk’ of being a volunteer at 84 Plymouth Grove is the programme of development activities organised by the House. This summer there was a major exhibition about John Ruskin, starting in London and then at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield.  A...

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A visit to the archive at the Manchester Lit & Phil

As a member of The Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, I had been asked to write a piece on our illustrious past member Ernest Rutherford. So there I was at Church House going through the Society’s files when my magpie brain suddenly...

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